Q: We always talk about books that WE want. Let’s turn it on its head. What books have you given other people lately?
Oh dear…lately I’ve been giving out 2 particular books. The first is Heartsick by Chelsea Cain. If I see “mystery / thrillers” listed in their preferences, this is my go to book. Why? Jackie Collins recently said it best, “there is one female crime writer that I cannot get enough of, and that’s the fabulous Chelsea Cain. Chelsea created the most intriguing serial killer since Hannibal Lecter in Thomas Harris’s “Red Dragon.” Chelsea introduces us to Gretchen Lowell in “Heartsick.” Gretchen is a truly evil fictional character who leaps off the page and stays with you. Chelsea Cain has written about Gretchen in four books, each one of them a creepy winner. I cannot wait for the next one.”-(Jackie Collins: By the Book)
The second book is A Beautiful Blue Death by Charles Finch. It’s book one in his Lenox mystery series and introduces us to Victorian gentleman, Charles Lenox. We see Lenox go from a being detective to becoming a member of Parliament; he falls in love and marries the woman he’s loved since childhood. Finch’s latest book in the series, A Death in the Small Hours, had me bawling my eyes out. Most of us wouldn’t dream of giving up our direct livelihood, but we’ve all had to make concessions and that’s what the series reminds us. And because of that, we can associate with Finch’s characters and fight alongside Lenox to make sure things are done as they should be.